• What if you never had to remember an electronic password again? No more password combinations of capitalized and lower case letters, no more resetting those passwords when you invariably forget their combinations. What if all you had to remember was a pattern of six boxes within a 6x6 grid that never changed?

    Winfrasoft, a UK based security solutions firm, believes they’ve cracked our password woes with their new application, PINgrid. PINgrid promises two things: A password you won’t forget and a password that always changes.

    It’s a 6x6 grid of constantly changing numbers that you can load on your phone or desktop. The user only needs to remember their unique pattern of six boxes and enter the numbers that appear in their pattern. Meanwhile, the numerical password changes each time a user logs in.

    While it sounds tempting to get rid of numerical passwords, some logistical questions need to be answered. How will pattern-based passwords be implemented into our existing infrastructure?

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  • Turn MP3s Into Vinyl Records

    Vinyl is back! And in a big way.

    Vinyl Recorder, a small company based in Germany, has created a machine that carves MP3s into vinyl, thereby marrying audio's future with its past.

    After setting up the machine and learning its ropes, you can transfer any MP3 in your possession onto your own personal mix-tape-on-vinyl.

    But why go through the trouble if you love digital? Wesley Wolfe, Vinyl Recorder’s representative in the United States, explained that, with vinyl’s resurgence in recent years, music listeners -- and not just audiophiles -- are rediscovering vinyl’s quintessential "warm" sound.

    Digital files, he said, have laddered sound waves. But when you transfer MP3s onto vinyl using Vinyl Recorder’s machine, the sound waves are smoothed out. The result, Wolfe said, is a so-called audio “sweet spot” only achieved on vinyl.

    To see just how the process works, watch the video embedded above this article.

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  • Real-Life Mario Karting!


    Admit it: you’ve wondered what real-life Mario Kart would be like.

    OK, I’ll stop projecting. Personally, I take my Mario Kart very seriously and have several lifelong rivalries with friends to prove it. I just wish they all had been with me at SXSW in Austin, TX, this year so that we could have settled the score once and for all with the real-life version.

    That’s right, real-life Mario Kart.

    And no, this wasn’t just go-karting with Nintendo branding plastered all over the karts. I’m talking Mario Kart essentials in real-life: speed bursts, turtle shells (of sorts) and four-player split screens.

    In order to cross-promote Nintendo’s new Mario Kart 8 with a new Pennzoil motor oil, the two companies joined forces to create the most accurate version of the beloved racing game on a real-life track (that wouldn’t result in an injury lawsuit).

    Here’s how it worked: each kart was outfitted with an RFID tag reader that registered RFID tags on the track. These tags were item icons: speed bursts,

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